QUALITY OF LIFE AND FEAR OF FALLING AMONG AN AGING POPULATION IN SEMI RURAL, THAILAND

Authors

  • Korravarn Yodmai Department of Family Health, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Sipapa Phummarak College of Public Health Sciences Chulalongkorn University Thailand.
  • Jonathan C Sirisuth Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Ramesh Kumar Health Services Academy Park Road Islamabad Pakistan
  • Ratana Somrongthong College of Public Health Sciences Chulalongkorn University Thailand.

Abstract

Background: Thailand is the country where large numbers of old population are living in rural areas. Multiple factors are influencing the health of old people but falling is the biggest cause affecting their quality of life. This study explores the relationship between the quality of life, and fear of fall among aging people in the semi-rural, Thailand. Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted on 394 old aged individuals living inNakornnayokProvince. Participants were selected through simple random method (SRM) from village population list. Old people were interviewed by adapting World Health Organization quality of life instrument-older module (WHOQOL-OLD) to access the quality of life. Multiple logistic regression analysis was applied to identify factors associated with QOL. Results: Above half of respondents during this study were female, married, educated with age 70.45±6.99. Majority of aging had low income and were not enrolled for their health check-up at hospitals on regular basis. Over a half of them suffered from chronic diseases, and one third of them were using instrumental aids such as visual glasses, walker support, wheel chair and hearing aids etc. Majority, (70%) of the participants was living in safe houses but (34%) reported fall at least one time in past year. Mean of fear of fall score (FFS) was calculated (26.97±4.31) and mean of FFS during using public transportation was (9.8756±2.19467). Two third of aging population reported the moderate quality of life (QOL). Conclusions: Study has concluded that the QOL in aging people is related with household safety and confidence to use public transportation.Keywords: Quality of Life, Fear of Fall, Aging and rural population.

Author Biographies

Korravarn Yodmai, Department of Family Health, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Faculty Department of Family Health, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Sipapa Phummarak, College of Public Health Sciences Chulalongkorn University Thailand.

Faculty College of Public Health SciencesChulalongkorn University Thailand.

Jonathan C Sirisuth, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts

Faculty Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts

Ramesh Kumar, Health Services Academy Park Road Islamabad Pakistan

Assistant Professor Health system and Policy department

Ratana Somrongthong, College of Public Health Sciences Chulalongkorn University Thailand.

Associate Professor

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2015-12-15

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